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Cosmic Queries

Written by: James Trefil,Lindsey N. Walker - editor,Neil deGrasse Tyson
Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson,Lauren Fortgang
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Publisher's Summary

For science geeks, space and physics nerds, and all who want to understand their place in the universe, this enlightening new book from Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a unique take on the mysteries and curiosities of the cosmos, building on rich material from his beloved StarTalk podcast. In this illuminating audiobook, Tyson and coauthor James Trefil, a renowned physicist and science popularizer, take on the big questions that humanity has been posing for millennia - How did life begin? What is our place in the universe? Are we alone? - and provide answers based on the most current data, observations, and theories. Populated with paradigm-shifting discoveries that help explain the building blocks of astrophysics, this relatable and entertaining audiobook will engage and inspire listeners of all ages, bring sophisticated concepts within reach, and offer a window into the complexities of the cosmos.

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not read by Neil in its entirety.

informative information about the cosmic vastness of the universe. have a read or listen

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A warning

Dr Tyson rules. He is a masterful educator and storyteller, but not here. It is a convoluted informative mess. Two readers is fine, but not in the same chapter, and definitely not in the same paragraph, and most certainly not when they are covering two somewhat similar, but occasionally completely different topics or subjects. I enjoyed the science, but absolutely hated the storytelling on this one.

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  • Simon M
  • 2021-03-03

Rigorous, Informative, Riveting — a great listen!

Has been the best read I’ve listened to during quarantine. Scientifically rigorous and riveting the whole way. Highly recommend!

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  • Hab N Yarro
  • 2021-03-14

Fantastic!

This is exactly what I want from a Tyson book! This is exactly what I want from a Cosmic Queries book!
Look, I'm an avid StarTalk fan. I'm also a big science fan, so a lot of this book was nothing new to me. Some of it was, but that's really not the point. It's the presentation! This book is written almost like a conversation. It isn't dry facts listed out about discoveries and the people who found them. Instead it's laid out like a story, filling you in on the facts. Wonderfully written! The audiobook has Tyson for bits of it, like his tweets pertaining to the chapter subject, the majority is read beautifully by Laura Fortgang. She needs more VO work!

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  • FL Minuteman
  • 2021-03-11

Kind of a bait and switch

Neil does not read the entire book himself. found it hard to finish. Good though.

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  • Daniel Earl
  • 2021-03-15

Not worth it

A lot less Tyson and a whole lot of what sounds like a Siri or Google Assistant voice explaining things.

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  • Richard Safford
  • 2021-04-13

NEWS !

Neil and Lauren are great. The story is our story. How's it end? Oh well.

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  • Angy
  • 2021-06-23

Do-over please

The content is great! I'm so glad these involved questions are being covered as I had wondered why the deeper dives weren't being addressed on StarTalk.

There's just a HUGE disconnect with the female narrator who has the type of voice and reading style that is perfect for romance or young adult novels; NOT for science or education. Janna Levin would've been an excellent choice here. Or help out a college student who's majoring in this or a related field.

I think a nonfiction author should narrate their own work, especially with a voice like NDT. There's no substitution for that deep relationship with the content and knowing what to emphasize and knowing when to pause , etc. We can tell when someone is smiling on the other end of the phone, and we can tell when a narrator doesn't really know the subject they're delivering.

The disconnect here is so big that this needs to be re-recorded. Except for Dr. Tyson's parts, the words are nearly meaningless. I've had to rewind ...maybe 100 times?... with this book because it comes across so empty for the majority of it. The female narrator IS really good but not for this.

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  • Michael D Sears
  • 2021-03-10

Great Book

This is a very informative book, It is very well produced and is a pleasure to listen to!

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  • TheBullMooseReport
  • 2021-03-09

Conglomeration of Startalks Queries & other books

A good book, but if yo have watched/Listened to the Cosmic Queries of StarTalk, and also read a few of Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson's other books on astrophysics, then you will find a lot of redundancy. The performance was good, but there was one glaring point when the Lauren Fortang is stating Drakes Equation, and in her reading, she read "F1", instead of "FI" as part of the formula. It was jarring as I was following in my head. Good overall book, for non geeks, or geeks who want a decent grounding in the astrophysical evolution of our universe at an introductory level. .

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  • Joshua Woodbury
  • 2021-03-05

Deeper insight to things I've learned from Neil

This was a great book, covers a lot of things that Neil has talked about. Goes a little more in depth, with a variety of different topics. What I got out of it was a reminder that nothing lasts forever, very humbling. Thank you Dr. Tyson, for inspiring and educating in the best way possible. for this I will keep looking up!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-05

Very entertaining and informative book.

Wow, what a great book and the female narrator was even better. Loved every minutes of this book. Very often I get a request to explain certain topics in this book. I loved how they did it and will use their methods whenever I can. I purchased a digital Kindle copy for reference. It will be one that I listen to several times.

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